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Festival Season Has Begun!

9 Film Festival Movies We Can't Wait to See

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9 Film Festival Movies We Can't Wait to See

(09/09/2019)

Summer movie season is great, but there's also great pleasure in the transition to fall, when more serious films hit the big screen. The fall festival season is a big part of that shift. Events like the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival feature the debuts of huge films, like JOKER, FORD V FERRARI and HARRIET, alongside smaller movies with the potential to be big surprises, like UNCUT GEMS and JUDY.

We've compiled a list of the 2019 film festival movies we can't wait to see, and this is just the beginning for a few months of great movies. Many of the films below already have release dates set, and we've listed them according to that order.

Judy

Judy

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Judy Garland was as famous for her turbulent life as her crystalline performances in films like THE WIZARD OF OZ, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS and A STAR IS BORN. Early years controlled by movie studio moguls kept Garland away from the real world. When the business changed and her work dried up, Judy Garland had no idea how to life a real life. This film, based on Peter Quilter's stage play "End of the Rainbow," looks at the final year of Garland's life, which begins with the performer in a dire place, and ends — well, we'll let you see the film. Renée Zellweger brings Garland back to life in astonishing fashion that captures every facet of one of the great movie stars. [September 27]

Joker

Joker

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The film festival landscape doesn't typically have much room for comic book movies. The fact that JOKER premiered to rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the festival's top prize, is a good indicator that it is something very different from most DC Comics films put out by Warner Bros. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Arthur Fleck, a hapless sad-sack who works as a clown and dreams of being a stand-up comedian. Problem is, Arthur, who prefers to be called Joker, isn't actually funny, but he does have a condition that causes him to laugh at the worst possible moments. When Joker's life takes several dark turns, he unwittingly ignites a violent movement in Gotham City, even as the cast-off clown gets his big break. [October 4]

Parasite

Parasite

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South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho has made movies about monsters that are both bestial (THE HOST) and human (SNOWPIERCER). This new movie is certainly on the human side of the spectrum, as it follows an impoverished family which uses deceit to get jobs working for a wealthy couple. Which doesn't seem so bad, right? Their precise tricks are pretty nasty, however, and that's just the beginning. PARASITE is surprising and weird and very funny; just when you think you've got the film figured out it becomes something else entirely. With this movie, Bong Joon-ho has created an absolute masterpiece — a beautifully-shot story about class and envy and deception. [October 11]

Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit

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THOR: RAGNAROK and WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS director Taika Waititi wrote, directed and stars in this World War II satire in which a young German boy discovers that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is sheltering Jewish people in their home. The boy, Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), consults his imaginary friend to figure out what to do. The only problem is that his imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler (Waititi). Granted, this is a child's vision of Hitler, which means he's pretty nice, as dictators go. Even so, Jojo will have to figure out how to deal with his mother's betrayal against everything he has been taught, in this surprisingly touching attack on fascist thinking and indoctrination. [October 18]

Western Stars

Western Stars

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It's a big year for Bruce Springsteen on film. First there was BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, in which music by the Boss transforms the life of a teenager in '70s Britain. Now, in the Toronto International Film Festival premiere WESTERN STARS, Springsteen himself reflects on life and creativity, in between performances of music from his new album, 'Western Stars.' [October 25]

Harriet

Harriet

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Filmmaker Kasi Lemmons (EVE'S BAYOU) directs Cynthia Erivo in a film about the life and work of Araminta "Minty" Ross, who took a new name after escaping slavery on a Maryland plantation: Harriet Tubman. After receiving help from a loose network known as the Underground Railroad, Minty relocates to Philadelphia. There, she meets Marie (Janelle Monáe), a free-born woman, who gives the former slave a new place in society, and a new name. She dedicates her life to leading escaped slaves to safety, and becomes an icon of freedom in the process. Cynthia Erivo's performances in WIDOWS and BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE proved that she is one of the most interesting actors working today, and this role should be an incredible showcase for her talents. [November 1]

Ford v Ferrari

Ford V Ferrari

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This true-to-life racing tale wowed audiences at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, where the film was announced as a special premiere. LOGAN director James Mangold tells the almost-unbelievable true story of Ken Miles (Christian Bale) and Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), who teamed up to design a car that could beat Ferrari at the grueling 24-Hour of Le Mans race in the 1960s. With financing from by Henry Ford II, who tried and failed to buy Ferrari, the two men risk their stability and even their lives to come up with the greatest new sports car on the planet. We've seen James Mangold create amazing action before, but the racing in FORD V FERRARI, not to mention the fireworks between leads Bale and Damon, is next-level. [November 15]

Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems

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Brothers Benny and Josh Safdie turned Robert Pattinson into a desperate thief in GOOD TIME; now they have cast Adam Sandler as a scheming jeweler who gets his hands on a gem-studded rock with dubious origins. This caper comedy throws one problem after another at Sandler's character, and turns his desperate desire to succeed into one of the greatest new films about New York crime in a long time. If you've hoped to see Adam Sandler do more films like Paul Thomas Anderson's bittersweet PUNCH DRUNK LOVE, then UNCUT GEMS is going to be your best bet in December. [Opens Limited December 13, Wide Release on December 25]

The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield

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You may think you know what to expect from period-piece adaptations of novels by Charles Dickens, but this film is likely to confound every assumption. That's because it is from filmmaker Armando Iannucci, whose previous works IN THE LOOP, "Veep" and THE DEATH OF STALIN are fast-paced, savage satires. Now, he turns that energy to the autobiographical novel by Dickens, which he adapts with a freewheeling spirit and the sort of comedy for which Iannucci is revered. Dev Patel stars as the title character, and the cast also features Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse and Aneurin Barnard. [Release date TBA]



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